• 'American in Paris,' 'Fun Home' get a leading 12 Tony noms

    Updated: 8 min ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The musicals "An American in Paris" and "Fun Home" each received a leading 12 Tony Award nominations on Tuesday, showing two very different sides of this Broadway season. One side is sunny — the dance-heavy stage adaptation of the 1951 musical film with George and Ira Gerswin songs — and the other moody — the dark show based on Alison Bechdel's coming of age graphic novel about her closeted and suicidal dad. "It's nice to know if something's good, there's room for it," said Max von Essen, who earned a nomination for featured actor in a musical in "American in Paris." "There's room for a smaller, darker piece and there's room for a big, show-stopping revival show with Gershwin.

  • Ohio restaurant sorry for 'insensitive' Jenner hot dog name

    Updated: 9 min ago

    CINCINNATI (AP) — The owner of a popular Cincinnati restaurant has apologized after being criticized by transgender advocates for naming its hot dog of the day the "Bruce Jenner 2.0." Dan Wright, who owns the gourmet hot dog restaurant Senate, apologized in a Facebook post Monday. He calls the hot dog name choice "highly insensitive" and says the restaurant strongly supports the LGBT community. The restaurant promoted the special Bruce Jenner hot dog hours before the Friday night ABC broadcast of a Diane Sawyer interview in which the Olympic star said he is making a gender transition. Transgender activists in Cincinnati said the hot dog's name was insensitive and called the owners "transphobic.

  • Ron Perlman to run production firm at upstate New York site

    Updated: 10 min ago

    DEWITT, N.Y. (AP) — Film and television star Ron Perlman plans to establish his movie production company at New York state's nanotechnology site started in suburban Syracuse last year. The star of the "Hellboy" movies and the "Sons of Anarchy" TV series was in Syracuse on Monday to discuss his plans to bring A Wing and a Prayer Pictures to the Hub for Emerging Nano Industries in the town of DeWitt. The New York native says the plans include producing several movies at once at the facility, with three films to be shot in central New York this year and a fourth early next year. The establishment of a visual production hub in DeWitt was announced by state and local officials in March 2014.

  • Tonys 2015 nominees led by ‘American in Paris,’ ‘Fun Home’

    Updated: 54 min ago

    NEW YORK — An epic tale of Tudor-era England and a modern story of an English boy with social challenges dominated the Tony nominations for plays Tuesday, as “Wolf Hall Parts 1 and 2” and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” drew eight and six nominations respectively. Among new musicals, the sexual coming-of-age story “Fun Home” and the metamusical comedy “Something Rotten!” were among the notable nominees. Meanwhile, “Finding Neverland,” the J.M. Barrie musical produced by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and directed by Diane Paulus, was shut out, as was Larry David’s Broadway effort “Fish in the Dark” and actor Jake Gyllenhaal, who had garnered accolades for his performance as a beek

  • Sweet Surprise: Palace delivers pastry to royal fans

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    LONDON (AP) — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge offered a sweet surprise to die-hard fans on Tuesday, sending luxury pastries to thank them for camping outside the hospital and awaiting the birth of the royal baby. Prince William and the former Kate Middleton sent boxes with croissants, apple turnovers and cakes — together with coffee —to the five fans waiting in tents outside St. Mary's Hospital in London, where the royal couple plan for their second child to be born, Kensington Palace said. Temperatures in London dipped overnight to 45 Fahrenheit (7 degrees Celsuis) and the fans like John Loughrey were cold. "They thought of us," said Loughrey, 60, as he fought back tears. "I'm really touched.

  • Josh Hamilton stops short of apology but says he's elated to be 'home'

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    It appeared that Josh Hamilton was about to make amends, ask for forgiveness from Rangers fans and ask them to get on board behind his return to the organization that helped make him one of the biggest stars in baseball. Hamilton was sitting with Rangers general manager Jon Daniels, making a two-and-a-half minute opening statement during his reunion press conference. All indications pointed toward a full-throated apology to Rangers fans for his infamous “it’s not a true baseball town” comment in February 2013 after signing with the Los Angeles Angels. But after his initial declaration to “put to rest” questions that were surely to come, he stopped short of issuing any sort of meaningful mea culpa for fans disg

  • Select list of nominees for 2015 Tony Awards

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Select nominations for the 2015 American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards, announced Tuesday. Best Musical: "An American in Paris," ''Fun Home," ''Something Rotten!," ''The Visit" Best Play: "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," ''Disgraced," ''Hand to God," ''Wolf Hall Parts One & Two." Best Book of a Musical: "An American in Paris," ''Fun Home," ''Something Rotten!," ''The Visit." Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theater: "Fun Home," ''The Last Ship," ''Something Rotten!," ''The Visit." Best Revival of a Play: "The Elephant Man," ''Skylight," ''This is Our Youth, "You Can't Take It With You." Best Revival of a Musical: "The King and I," ''On the Tow

  • Michael Douglas warns nukes more powerful 'than ever before'

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    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Actor Michael Douglas is reminding world powers that the threat of nuclear weapons is "no less important today than it was in my childhood." The Academy Award winner spoke Tuesday as global nuclear powers are gathered at the United Nations to discuss a landmark treaty on disarmament. He said he remembers hiding under his wooden desk for nuclear drills. Douglas said there may be fewer nuclear weapons these days, but they are "more powerful and more sophisticated than ever before." He said one of the "great ironies" is that the cost of maintaining the world's nuclear weapons stockpile is surpassed only by the human and environmental costs of using them.

  • Legendary Actress Jayne Meadows Allen Dies at 95

    Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Jayne Meadows Allen, award winning stage and screen actress, died peacefully of natural causes in her Encino, Calif. home Sunday night at age 95, ET has learned. Jayne was also a regular panelist on the CBS hit program, I've Got a Secret. During her run on the show, Jayne was the highest rated actress on CBS, second only to Lucille Ball. Jayne's husband of 46 years, Steve Allen -- the first host of The Tonight Show -- passed away in 2000.

  • Timing is right: Celebs seek cachet of flaunting Apple watch

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    LOS ANGELES — Think of the Apple Watch as a Tesla for your wrists. The company’s new smartwatch isn’t just another toy gadget for geeks. At least in the early going, the Apple Watch appears to be synced to something else: status. Consider the recent photos Beyonce released of her jet-setting to Coachella. The pop star was decked out in denim shorts, a rocker tank top and a headwrap flourished with exotic feathers. But the ensemble’s showstopper was dangling from her arm. The diva flashed a specially made 18-karat gold link Apple Watch estimated to be worth more than $17,000. And forget about owning one; it’s not for sale. It’s a new tact for Apple Inc., the Cupertino, Calif.

  • The Country Life: John Wayne or not, barn has a rich history

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    The distinctive, old red barn on Judge Orr Road next to the Meadow Lake Airport always draws my gaze when I drive by. I have long wondered about the barn's history. So has Jason Blair, the barn's latest owner. He bought it last year and converted it into warehouse space for his battery business, First Logistex Inc.; he's done renovations, including a recent paint job. When he got it, he said, "it was a real mess," but structurally sound. According to the El Paso County assessor, the barn was built in 1914; Blair, though, figures construction likely wasn't finished until 1915 and is planning a 100th anniversary celebration this summer. It was part of the McCandlish ranch before the ranch was developed into the airport and Mead

  • Covenant Children's Hospital opens recording studio at Lakeside campus to help young patients

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Taylor Kucel was 7 years old when she was diagnosed with alveolar rabdomiosarcoma in 2013. A pain in her hip led to the diagnosis, said Katherine Kucel, Taylor’s mother. “She had swelling in her right leg,” Katherine said. “It wasn’t diagnosed right away. It took several trips to the doctor, several MRIs, ultrasounds to diagnose it.” Taylor finished treatment in April 2014 but a follow-up scan three months later showed a relapse, her mother said. The family from Levelland now makes frequent trips to Covenant Children’s Hospital and a hospital in Houston, but Katherine said Taylor has something new to look forward to at the Lubbock hospital.

  • Pop star Mariah Carey makes grand entrance for Vegas show

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — For anyone wondering what to expect from Mariah Carey's upcoming series of Las Vegas shows at Caesars Palace beyond her 18 number one hit singles, her grand entrance on Monday provided a hint of what's to come. "No matter what, we're going to make it into a festive moment darling. It's an extravaganza," she said Monday evening, backstage at The Colosseum. The songstress arrived to the venue earlier to cheering screams at Caesars Palace's entrance in a classic 1936 pink convertible trailing behind 18 mobile billboards bearing the titles of her number one hits including "Always be my baby" from 1996 and "Heartbreaker" from 1999. The gladiator-clad men took it from there, carrying Carey through the casino on a

  • STAR Flight nurse dies after falling from helicopter

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A flight nurse has died after falling from a helicopter while conducting a rescue of a woman who had fallen in a hiking area in Austin. According to a STAR Flight press release, 46-year-old Kristin McClain fell from an EC-145 helicopter Monday night while hoisting a woman who had fallen in the Barton Creek Greenbelt into the aircraft. McClain died at the scene. The rescued patient was transported to University Medical Center-Brackenridge with injuries were not life threatening. STAR Flight program director Casey Ping said during the Tuesday press briefing that McClain has been with the company for seven years. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board a

  • The Dallas Morning News Gerry Fraley column

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    ARLINGTON – What will it take for the newly acquired Josh Hamilton to be an upgrade for the Rangers? Hit .214. Who will be the first to get their next hit: Shin-Soo Choo or Hamilton? Hard to answer. The Rangers showed again Monday night why they took in Hamilton after two poor seasons with the Los Angeles Angels and a relapse in his struggle with alcohol and drug addictions. They are desperate for bats. The Rangers went quietly again, losing 3-1 to Seattle at Globe Life Park. They have the worst team batting average in the majors at .222 and have scored fewer than three runs in eight games. The Rangers are 19 games into this season and have yet to win consecutive games.

  • Latest on police-custody death: Police bid to regain control

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    11:58 p.m. Fredericka Gray, the twin sister of Freddie Gray, who suffered a fatal injury while in police custody, has deplored the violence. "I think the violence is wrong ... I don't like it all," she said late Monday, adding she thought her brother also would have disapproved. Rioting erupted around the city hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray. He died of a mysterious spinal injury days after being taken into custody. 11:40 p.m. Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts disclosed at a late-night news conference that National Guard troops have begun taking up positions "on the ground." He says the guardsmen are key to holding areas that have been cleared of rioters by police moving through thos

  • Lone Star voices heard on gay-marriage cases

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    Texas' gay-marriage ban isn't among the four cases being argued Tuesday in Washington, but the Lone Star State has added its voice to the vigorous debate being waged before the U.S. Supreme Court. Texas politicians, activists, businesses and others are urging the court's nine justices to scrap or save state laws and constitutional amendments that prohibit same-sex marriages and deny recognition of gay unions legally performed in 37 states that allow the practice. Their contributions were among 150 friend-of-the-court briefs on gay marriage. Some made purely legal arguments; others focused on the social implications of allowing gays and lesbians to marry.

  • Federal board declines request to reopen Buddy Holly crash

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board has declined a request to reopen the investigation of the Iowa plane crash that killed musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson. The Civil Aeronautics Board ruled in 1959 that the most likely cause of the crash was pilot error. Snow was listed as a secondary caused. In a letter dated April 21, the agency said the evidence presented in a request from pilot L.J. Coon wasn't sufficient to merit the reconsideration of the findings of the original investigation. Coon had contended that there were other issues involving weight and balance calculations, fuel-gauge readings and more that contributed to the crash.

  • Hawks player finds himself in middle of debate over policing, race

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    Those who know him well say Atlanta Hawks guard Thabo Sefolosha is the last guy you’d expect to see in handcuffs. Respected as a mentor by younger teammates and known around the league for his lack of ego, the low-key Sefolosha was supposed to be supplying defensive muscle for a Hawks team that entered the NBA playoffs with the best record in the Eastern Conference. Instead, the Swiss native finds himself nursing a broken leg and at the center of the ongoing debate over alleged police brutality. Around the country, the incidents of unarmed black males dying at the hands of law enforcement officers keep coming: an unarmed teenager shot to death in Ferguson, Mo.; a 12-year-old killed in Cleveland; a 50-year-old shot in

  • Jayne Meadows, actress and TV personality, dies at 95

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jayne Meadows, the Emmy-nominated actress and TV personality who often teamed with her husband, Steve Allen, has died. She was 95. Meadows died of natural causes Sunday at her home in the Encino, California, area, spokesman Kevin Sasaki said Monday. Her son, Bill Allen, and other family members were with her. "She was not only an extraordinarily gifted actress who could move audiences from laughter to tears and back again all in one scene, but she was the greatest storyteller I have ever known...." said her son, who heads the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. Though best known as the wife of the beloved TV host — and the sister of "Honeymooners" star Audrey Meadows — Jayne Meadows ha